The old China is getting harder and harder to find in Shanghai

Posted by Joel on Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Shanghai is extremely modern and not exactly what I was expecting. China is in the midst of an economic and technological boom. Young Chinese are growing up in a vastly different culture from that of there parents generation. You can get anything you want here. The city is extremely cosmopolitan bursting with the latest in vogue fashion, electronic gadgets and enormous plasma display billboards flashing the latest and greatest must-have gadgets for rapidly growing middle class.

Old government funded apartment complexes are being torn down by the dozen to make space for new luxury apartment complexes. We walked through an old government-housing complex, half torn down, but still sparsely populated by tenants who refuse to leave until forced out. Occasionally laundry can be seen hanging between these dismantled brick buildings. A man cooking soup on a propane burner glanced at me as I walked by his open door… a door with an eviction notice posted on it.

The old China is getting harder and harder to find in Shanghai as bulldozers and 50 story cranes clear the way for the new.

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